Living life in the slow lane

Wilsonia is one of those places where you will never be at a loss for what to do – the days can be as lazy or as energetic as you like. The area is well suited to long lazy walks, or just hanging out on the verandah sipping coffee, reading books, and watching the resident herd of Nguni cattle grazing at your back door. For the more energetic, fly fishing on the farm and the surrounding areas is nothing short of superb. With enormous bass and feisty trout lurking in almost every stretch of water in the region, anglers can look forward to some exhilarating fishing with the long rod.

With hardly any traffic or the ubiquitous taxis of Gauteng on our dirt roads, enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride. For a real workout, we recommend you bring along your mountain bike and tackle one of the many trails in the area.

Horse riding trails, for beginners & pros alike, can be organized at a neighbouring farm – Lydenrust Guest Farm, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to explore the countryside. Rides generally last from one or two hours and should be booked in advance through your hosts on the farm.

Game abounds on the farm, with herds of eland, blesbok, zebra and black wildebeest roaming freely. You may also catch a glimpse of the wily black-backed jackal and the shy duiker. If you are lucky, you may even spot the sleek and silent serval who hunts after dark.

We are also fortunate to host travelling kudu and waterbuck from time to time – no doubt in search of food and water. Wilsonia boasts an abundance of bird life, with frequent sightings of bald ibis and blue cranes, as well as the magnificent fish eagle. To date we have spotted 275 different species of birds and still counting….

The Badfontein Valley is rich in history. The peaceful tourist spots of today were once bloody battlefields mired in political intrigue, feats of bravery and tragic loss of life. Lydenburg and its district are renowned for their historical artifacts and archaeological sites which date back to the Iron Age, including the famed Lydenburg Heads. To truly engage with the rich history that the region has to offer, you can’t do better than taking a tour with Marion Moir of Cottonwood Tours. A gifted orator, MS Moir will beguile you with tales of pain, compassion, intrigue, cover-ups, humour and horror, while touring the scenes of bygone battles, cairns to the fallen, and monuments to the battles themselves. Bring yourself, bring a friend, bring a book, bring your bicycle – just relax and sooth your soul.

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